1. I accept that I am under the control of a higher power (Muppet).

don't be an asshole to your interview guests, ok?

He always comes off as such a prepogrammed broom up his butt fuddy duddy.

What's the use of having all the money if you have to play it so close to the vest all the time?
Permalink son of parnas 
March 16th, 2007 9:40pm
> What's the use of having all the money if you have to play it so close to the vest all the time?

Uptight fuddy duddy seems like a common mode for ultra rich entrepreneurs. The other common one is "I'm a MAVERICK! I'm going to HOT AIR BALLOON across the world!!!"
Permalink hello. 
March 16th, 2007 9:46pm
Perhaps EQ is overrated.
Permalink Rick, try writing better English 
March 16th, 2007 9:47pm
AAAAAaaaagh.... RickBot drops another cognitive mind-bomb. Thanks, now I won't be able to think straight for the rest of the evening. On the other hand, maybe your messages are some sort of koans, bringing me further closer to enlightenment.
Permalink hello. 
March 16th, 2007 9:48pm
There was an interview with some CEO where he masturbated in front of the interviewer (she consented). Can't remember the company ... the magazine was Jane, I think. Damm.....


American Apparel:

http://www.jewishjournal.com/home/preview.php?id=14419

(not a Denmanesque link.)

Gates can't match that.
Permalink Send private email sour grape snowflake 
March 16th, 2007 9:49pm
Hm. Lots of people here with reading comprehension problems. You might want to figure out who zed was calling an asshole before trying to agree...
Permalink Send private email The "evil" William Shatner 
March 16th, 2007 9:55pm
Isn't it obvious I was implying since apparently BG has low EQ but still manage to became the richest man of the world perhaps EQ is overrated?

Sorry, it's not going to bring you closer to enlightenment :)
Permalink Rick, try writing better English 
March 16th, 2007 9:56pm
Rick is an asshole?
Permalink Send private email Ward 
March 16th, 2007 9:56pm
Bill G is the richest guy in the world. He founded and ran one of the most influential companies in the history of the world.  He's doing an interview with this guy.  I don't even remember this guy's name despite having posted the OP.  Suffice to say there is plenty of competion for a one-on-one chat with Bill Gates. 

They are having a pleasant enough chat.  The interview is going along.  Gates is working with him and explaining things in the measured way that someone who only needs half his brain to talk to you speaks.

The interview raises the Mac Ad.  Bill says he can't comment.  He's clearly annoyed, but interview can't drop it.  He says "ok, but he's you."  Ok.  Rude.

I make time for you, you annoy me with a stupid and insulting comment, rather than step back, maybe even apologize, you press it. Fuck that guy.
Permalink zed 
March 16th, 2007 10:11pm
I know who Rick was claling an asshole. I know. But Gates comes off as a wee bit of an ass himself in the interview. The comment reminded me of the masturbatory underwear garment manufacturer/70's porn star look-alike contest winner interview.

There isn't a need to defend Gates. He can do it himself.

I do feel sorry for him. It seems he can never have any fun in these interviews because everything gets splices fifteen different ways. He comes across as a lawyer. Without a lawyer's righteous charisma.
Permalink Send private email sour grape snowflake 
March 16th, 2007 10:12pm
claling/claiming. damn snow.
Permalink Send private email sour grape snowflake 
March 16th, 2007 10:13pm
So the interviewer was being mean to Gates? It doesn't sound that way to me - it was a reasonable question to ask I think and unless somebody takes themselves WAAAAAAAY too seriously and needs to be hit by the pie brigade, they should be able to handle a freaking question about whether they like some ads with a character meant to look a little like them.

Gates' response was pretty much the same response Adolf Hitler gave when he was interviewed similarly. Hitler never forgot the interview and later made sure that the reporter 'received what was due him'.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 16th, 2007 10:24pm
"A second lawsuit, also filed in May, accused Charney, among other things, of dropping his pants in front of female employees and conducting a job interview in his underwear. The women, who worked at the company for periods of nine months to nearly two years, allege that Charney gave employees vibrators, used derogatory language toward women and asked employees to masturbate with him."

Yeah, so what's the problem with this exactly? Isn't that par for the course in the fashion industry? If they don't like it, they can always go work for MGM Pictures.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 16th, 2007 10:27pm
Oh wow, Mirror Universe Shatner has a gorilla blog. How long has that been around. He doesn't look like I imagined either, the eskimo blood is obviously not dominant.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 16th, 2007 10:32pm
Yeah, Gates shouldn't have freaked out.  No one should ever freak out.  At least Gates didn't punch him in the mouth.  Point is ... The question was rude.  Gates got pissed off.  The guy pressed on.  If you accidently offend your guests, Miss Manners says, apologize and move on.  If you intentionally offend your guests, fuck you.  It's not as if the interviewing was pressing Gates on some deep point of controversy.
Permalink zed 
March 16th, 2007 10:32pm
Did you see the fashion post?  He's clearly black...

http://gorillasushi.com/?q=blog/16
Permalink Send private email Ward 
March 16th, 2007 10:36pm
Well, he wasn't trying to offend Gates, he was trying to have an interesting interview. Other celebrities know how to give interviews that make the audience sympathize with them.

Here's the correct response:

Q: Say, what do you think about those Apple commercials with that guy that looks like you?

A: Oh do you think he looks like me? Ha ha, I guess he does!

Q: Now about your work with orphans, tell us about that.

A: Well the thing is about them, those dear little tykes don't have any parents! Isn't that sad?
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 16th, 2007 11:14pm
Yeah, I get that PE.  Gates could have done better.

The bit you miss is the

Interviewer:  So you're a real fucking dork.
Busy Guy (pissed): Can't comment.
***Inteviewer: No, it's just, you're a real fucking dork.


I've been kind enough to mark with *** the part where the interviewer went wrong.  If he was trying to have an interesting interview by pissing off Bill Gates, well, fuck that. Pissing off people for sport belongs on some reality channel I don't watch.
Permalink zed 
March 16th, 2007 11:22pm
Worked for Norman Gunston and the closely derivative Borat.

"Perhaps Norman's most well known interview was with Keith Moon at Charlton stadium in 1976. Moon famously ended his brief encounter with Norman by tipping Vodka over his head."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Gunston
Permalink trollop 
March 16th, 2007 11:38pm
The interviewer is a jerk, but only in the part of pushing Bill for saying "Thank You".
Permalink Rick, try writing better English 
March 16th, 2007 11:47pm
I don't agree he's a jerk. The question was reasonable. And John Hodgman is no dork. If Bill Gates thinks John Hodgman is a dork, then Bill Gates is a fudgepacking vanilla wafer eater.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 17th, 2007 12:04am
"Gates' response was pretty much the same response Adolf Hitler gave"

It's like a back-door Godwin play...
Permalink Send private email Philo 
March 17th, 2007 12:09am
I realize I'm retarded, or perhaps overly immersed in audio software, but wtf is "EQ" in this context?
Permalink hello. 
March 17th, 2007 12:13am
"It's you."

If BG is angry about this, he has low EQ.
Permalink Rick, try writing better English 
March 17th, 2007 12:16am
EverQuest
Permalink Send private email Philo 
March 17th, 2007 12:17am
Emotional Quadrangle
Permalink Send private email Ward 
March 17th, 2007 12:30am
> At least Gates didn't punch him in the mouth.

Perhaps the most amusing visual ever. Gates wouldn't even know how to coordinate his hand to move in that direction. And what you think would happen to his baby soft hands if he connected?

> he was trying to have an interesting interview.

Double head nod. I've wondered what Gates thought of those commercials too. It's a great question. It's a human question. It shows what a tool Gates is when he actually has to deal with someone who isn't hoovering.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 17th, 2007 12:39am
I was told that as long as you use his FULL name, Godwin does not apply.

However, I do agree with you that Bill Gates is partial to 'back door' action.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 17th, 2007 1:02am
Godwin doesn't apply when you make the reference specifically to invoke the Law.  In this case, I have no idea if you're making up the story about Hitler vowing to get back at the reporter, but if it's true, then the codicil wouldn't apply.
Permalink Send private email Ward 
March 17th, 2007 1:32am
I don't think that's the standard distinction. See, Godwin would apply if I called you a Nazi because you're trying to use your fascist supremacist inclinations to derail this thread with proclamations of Godwin's law. That's just like a Nazi to go and invoke Godwin's law. You fascist.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 17th, 2007 2:15am
Stick to deranged right wing politics PE, you're not funny.
Permalink zed 
March 17th, 2007 12:24pm

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